Issue 20, Volume 2 -- January '99
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Hi folks! I'm still snowed under with
house-buying/furniture-moving/utility-transfering stuff and can't
contribute much to new issues of Aphelion yet. Nevertheless, I have
reading each issue since entering that limbo known as "The 15 year
mortgage"- kicking and screaming all the way, you can rest assured!
Right off the bat I'd like to thank each member of the
for jumping in and doing more than their fair share of work in keeping
Aphelion running. Jeff, Cary, Martin, Kim, and Rob have all been
their collective butts to bring you the best fiction on the web while
I've been doing nothing more strenuous than signing papers, moving 1200
sq. ft. of belongings, and killing kudzu in my new back yard.
Sure, my name is at the top of the masthead.
Sure, I began Aphelion and ran it as a one-man operation for
year and a half.
Sure, I wanted to bring you readers the best stories that the
had to offer.
But guess what? I could have never pulled it off by myself.
So here we all are at the January '99 issue of Aphelion and
embark on our 3rd year of speculative fiction. Actually, I never
that we'd come so far so fast. I couldn't have written
a story! Aphelion keeps climbing higher in the Top 100 Webpages list,
the stories keep getting better, the look of the zine keeps improving,
readers actually use the Lettercol, and sometimes
even get some fanmail! Sheesh! Some of the writers have even sold some
of their work! Now that's my idea of success for a webzine!
I suppose that the gist of what I'm saying is that my "little
has grown into something great and that I owe it all to the staff and
yourselves, the readers. Thank you all for what you've done.
Now its time for me to shut up and let you get to reading.
But I want
you all to know that you've made me proud.
I'd like to thank those of you who have sent e-mails or signed the
Guestbook for your feedback. Keep those messages coming, folks! Without
those messages we will never know what we need to improve upon. Hope
you like the improvements so far!
Senior Editor, Publisher
Short Story Editor
SFTV Schedule Reporter
Saucerfull of Secrets -Part 2-
By Dan L. Hollifield
While Dan is on vacation, we're running a classic
Hollifield story never before seen in Aphelion. Threat of Valleor will
return in March!
By Neil McGill
A side-splitting sci-fi romp through the cosmos. Look
out Douglas Adams! McGill may just steal your thunder!
the Corner of Galaxy and Fifth -Part 5-
By Robert Wynne & Jeff Williams
Trauma devises a desperate plan to save the galaxy...
By A.D. Jackson
An unusual object in Bimini; a strange signal from
Neptune; an unknown mission to Pluto. The mystery of Maya begins...
By William Brinkman
Campus radical Marjorie Carter holds in her hands the
life of conservative
editor Jon Carson. Will she do nothing as her group moves on to the
level of activism' or will she risk her life to save a man she despises?
Do Windows, Too
By Atk. Butterfly
Don't wait for opportunities to knock, create your
By A.Y. Tanaka
Mi clase es su clase.
By T.S. George
It was just another mission for the group of snipers,
until things began to
By Kate Hill
Inspired by the Daniel Hanequand painting "Three
By Iain Muir
The tavernkeeper knew they were not ordinary guests,
but they had money to
throw away and that is what mattered to Appleyard.
By Jeff Williams
Sometimes a man's best friend comes in the most
By Tom Oliver
Delta III, or Del3 as the colonists came to call it,
had an extremely
fragile ecology. When the rains came late one year, the situation
very serious indeed!
By Nicholas J. Perry
The wars had left Roylston Mithers with nothing, but
43: Encounter at Khasad-Mur
By John C. Shanahan
Now for the conclusion of yet another volumes-spanning
epic, pitting our
farmboy-turned-savior against the-evil-that-will-not-die.
of the Lily
By Wendy A. Simpson
Quintana's body was getting old and it was time to
find a younger one.
Sin of the Father
By Rene Steen
The time traveller had disrupted the course of
history; now he had to put
By T.S. George
A Story of the Mare Inebrium
Poetry and Filk Music
Mare Inebrium shared universe project
I open up my own Spaceport Bar to other writers!
By Ian McDonald, Mark Stanley, and Steve Troop
Did he say daily? Yep, Aphelion is proud to feature three
of the funniest comic strips on the Internet, Ian McDonald's "Bruno the
Bandit", Mark Stanley's "Freefall", and Steve Troop's "The Melonpool
Chronicles". Bookmark this page, you don't want to miss a single
Importance of Heroes
By Anthony Isabella
Special to Aphelion this month, we are proud to
reprint a series of columns written by professional author Tony
Isabella. Tony examines the nature of heroes, both in modern fiction
and the real world.
by Jim Parnell
WARNING: Contains Language! Meet
Bubba. Um, we're not sure exactly what he's about, but he said that if
we didn't print this, he'd come to visit our office and explain it.
by Dell Stinnett
Strangers No More -- We Sing! Read all about the
upcoming Georgia filk con, and explore the exiting world of science
fiction's own folk music.
Update SFTV Schedules and News
Compiled by Lee Whiteside.
Dan Hollifield reviews:
This month- Roadmarks
by Roger Zelazny
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